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01-12-2010 09:57 AM  8 years agoPost 1
Parsifal

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Anyone have any details on the availability of the new airskipper? looks like a revised Vibe 50 with carbon frames / metal head and a new elevator servo mount.

http://www.jrpropo.co.jp/jpn/heli/as5t2pro/

Any idea if this is going to be sold to the general market or is this Japan only.

my Vibe 50 is starting to feel its age so am looking for a replacement, and this looks on the money.

Any information would be much appreciated.

Thanks.

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Pars

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01-12-2010 11:52 AM  8 years agoPost 2
mdu6

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If I recall correctly the first posts about this started earlier this spring.

It is a revised AirSkipper - with the head of the Vibe50 but with metal grips. Also frame & boom are carbon + belt driven.

Seems lighter then the Vibe (quoted at 3100gr less main blades).

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01-12-2010 01:39 PM  8 years agoPost 3
AaronJohnson

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my Vibe 50 is starting to feel its age so am looking for a replacement, and this looks on the money.
How many flights do you have on your Vibe? Just curious....

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01-12-2010 02:17 PM  8 years agoPost 4
Parsifal

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Hi, plenty over 500... i am on my 3rd engine (2 of which i have gotten rebuilt as well. Great heli despite a couple of issues over the course of its life. Noiw, its just starting to feel a bit loose, difficult to put my finger on exactly what i find wrong with it . Maybe its just that i want something new.

Pars

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01-13-2010 12:21 AM  8 years agoPost 5
AaronJohnson

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My flybar cage got kinda loose after 400 flights. I changed it and it flew tighter again. Washout is worn out on mine too and I need to change that soon. The Vibe really holds up pretty good considering all things. 500 flights is a lot of abuse.

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01-13-2010 01:43 AM  8 years agoPost 6
Parsifal

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Yeah, it did take lots and lots of abuse, it even landed in a tree once. That said, i have to say that my paranoia with every rebuild that i could potentially have vibration issues / tail cases flying off etc didn't really do much for my confidence in the model. This noting that i am meticulous when it comes to building kinda bugged me.

Notwithstanding this, i really enjoyed flying it and found it was the default flier whenever i went to the field.

I am somewhat curious as to why they reverted back to the belt driven setup for the Airskipper (which appears to be a higher end model), i wonder if most of the vibration issues we were having were due to the torque tube setup, note that the initial prototypes of the vibe had belts in them.

That said, i just gave my heli away to a friend of mine to use as a beater. Prior to this, i changed a whole bunch of things, frames included but it just never felt like it did when it was new, so i decided to get a new heli. I was torn between another vibe or trying out the SDX but then i saw this new Airskipper... erm... and i think i may be in love.

Pars

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01-13-2010 02:00 AM  8 years agoPost 7
mdu6

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I am somewhat curious as to why they reverted back to the belt driven setup for the Airskipper
There are no Japan designed JR models with a torque tube:

Sylphide, Venture & Airskipper are all belt driven.

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01-13-2010 02:32 AM  8 years agoPost 8
Parsifal

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Yeah, wondering if it was wise to move to a TT. In any case, bygones, now, more critically, how do i get my hands on the Airskipper with English instructions!!??

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01-13-2010 03:44 AM  8 years agoPost 9
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Try a Velocity, comes with carbon frames, TT, everything metal. I have been flying one since this fall, flys very locked in like the Vibe but lighter. Mine is holding up well after 73 flights. Parts are dirt cheap like Align but better "Q" IMO.

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01-13-2010 04:11 AM  8 years agoPost 10
Saint728

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Have you seen the price they listed for the air frame? With the direct conversion rate as of today it will be $1,591.43USD.

Take Care,
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01-13-2010 04:23 AM  8 years agoPost 11
Parsifal

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if i am not mistaken, Ishii mokei has it listed for a lot less than that. Problem is the instructions, which i am sure will be in Japanese.

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01-13-2010 05:51 AM  8 years agoPost 12
kevlar11

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airskipper
Couldn't be any worse then TSK instructions LOL

KD

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01-13-2010 06:33 AM  8 years agoPost 13
Parsifal

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Hahahaha.. no i suppose it couldn't! On the plus side, i just got word from a local distributor that the Airskipper is due to be released in the English speaking world as the Vibe 50 SG at some point. Not sure if this is true or not but keeping fingers crossed. In the mean time, i bought myself an SDX to keep busy... heh

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01-13-2010 06:22 PM  8 years agoPost 14
Viberheld

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the airskipper 50 Type II is also available in europe, you can try to email Andy from http://www.AKmod.ch , maybe he will send you an english manual for it.

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01-14-2010 02:08 AM  8 years agoPost 15
Parsifal

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Thanks. i don't see it on the website though, Will send them an email to check if its available in English, thank you.

Regards,

Pars

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01-14-2010 10:49 AM  8 years agoPost 16
mdu6

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It is in the katalog, page 52

http://www.AKmod.ch/downloads/AKMOD_Katalog2009_2.pdf

On disapointing thing, compared with the prototype version shown on the JR web site is that it's still a G10 frame + metal hub with plastic grips as on the Vibe50 (nothing wrong, but with these standard features it really becomes a belt driven Vibe).

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01-14-2010 10:58 AM  8 years agoPost 17
DS 8717

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Try a Velocity, comes with carbon frames, TT, everything metal. I have been flying one since this fall, flys very locked in like the Vibe but lighter. Mine is holding up well after 73 flights. Parts are dirt cheap like Align but better "Q" IMO.
How much does your velocity weigh.

YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE..IF YOU LIVE IT RIGHT THATS ALL YOU NEED

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01-14-2010 03:21 PM  8 years agoPost 18
AaronJohnson

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It weighed 7.5lbs exactly ready to fly with no fuel when I had the setup pictured in my gallery. I just put a 7100R in it last night and ditched a bunch of my equipment so I should have lost at least 2oz, maybe even 3 oz. I will have to weigh it again but it should be 7lbs 5-6oz now! Thats with a switchglo pro also.

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01-14-2010 03:58 PM  8 years agoPost 19
USNAviationjay

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Sold both my Vibes and got the Velocity.

Love it with a 55 and 630 blades.
tracks as good as my Vibe ever did and is cheaper to boot.
and feels bigger with the 630s on it.

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01-15-2010 01:53 AM  8 years agoPost 20
Parsifal

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Strange, they have a number of variations of this thing then, the website still shows the carbon/metal version and this is the version ishii mokei refers to on their website too.

My concern with heli's like the velocity is durability. I don't crash as often as i used to and hence don't like to have to continuously maintain / replace worn parts. This is why i like MA/Hirobo/JR stuff.

That said, i have no idea about the Velocity's durability, but you guys should be able to report after having a few hundred flights on them. The key is crashless flights with no part replacement.

This is important as some of my heli's are for bashing, and some are for flying around on a nice day doing manouvers i know well, which would be what this fully carbon/metal vibe/airskipper would be for.

I just bought an SDX to thrash around :-), mainly coz of parts support in singapore. Parts support for the vibe was very good too, hence i was flying that before.

Thanks again

Pars

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